Friday, April 8, 2011

Get your act together

Phools Lounge is a new variety show in Hailey

Express Staff Writer

Express photo by Willy Cook The Wood River Valley band Old Death Whisper plays at Apple’s in Ketchum. Band member J.R. Hood and fellow band mates will launch the Phools Lounge, a new Monday evening variety show, on Monday, April 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Sun Valley Brewery in Hailey.

Turn around Monday evenings and take part in The Phools Lounge at the Sun Valley Brewery in Hailey. The Phools Lounge is a brand new variety showcase, which seeks all the valley's talent—not just musicians. Any type of performer can participate, including magicians, actors, poets and comedians.

"It's something to do on Monday evenings," said The Phools Lounge founder J.R. Hood. "I've always been looking for something to do that's more than just music."

Hood, a band member of the Damphools and Old Death Whisper, said he has created the lineup for the inaugural evening, which will take place on Monday, April 11, from 6:30-9 p.m. at the brewery. The night will include Hood, the original Damphools and Up a Creek.

"It would be cool to have one-act plays, comedy, magicians and whatever," he said. "Everyone does music around here, which is great, but we need to do something more interesting."

Hood said the basic layout for the evening will include music with variety entertainment interspersed.

"For the first evening, I will get up and play solo for a half hour and introduce the first act," he said. "I want to sandwich something in between musical acts."

The show is acoustic only for musicians and singers who wish to participate.

"People should sign up and try out anything, new material for comedians and new songs for bands," he said. "Theater people can try out things too, which is what I am hoping for—one-man or two-man acts."


Hood said it's a family evening, which includes friends and children.

"I'm hoping to get belly dancers and magicians as well as different stuff for kids," he said. "I have kids, and I want to be entertained with them."

Hood's vaudeville idea is an open forum for entertainment with minimal props and low-maintenance equipment. Sorry, no pets allowed.

"It's more than just banging away Pink Floyd on a guitar," he said. "It has to be original material."

To take part in The Phools Lounge, e-mail

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